Roll's 12 hp Panhard motor car on the 1000 Miles Trial, 1900.
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Photograph taken from an album of prints compiled by the English motorist, motor car manufacturer and aviator Charles Stewart Rolls (1877-1910). The 1000 Mile Trial trial was staged by the Automobile Club over 14 days in April and May 1900, and was the first public demonstration in Britain of the potential of the motor car as a practical means of long distance travel. The route began in London and went acros to Bristol and up to Edinburgh before returning to London. 65 cars started and 23 completed the course. Rolls, who won the event, founded Rolls-Royce Ltd with Sir Frederick Henry Royce (1863-1933) in 1906. Prior to forming the company, Rolls had a succesful busines asembling and selling imported French cars, including Panhards, in London.